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Old 2013-12-26, 01:44   #12
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"Меня только что зарезало трамваем на Патриарших. Похороны пятницу, три часа дня. Приезжай. Берлиоз"
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Old 2013-12-26, 02:08   #13
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It might be my fault. I turned down the volume on speakers.
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Old 2013-12-26, 03:59   #14
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GIMPS is officially over. After a 4-hour transatlantic Skype session, fraught with spammy YouTube links and nebulous arguments framed in bold, oddly-colored fonts, George finally agreed with David that not only TFing to 74, but indeed, that looking for Mersenne primes at all, was a complete waste of time and energy that would be better spent on analyzing the patterns of gum embedded in the heels of random Londoners' shoes.

Yeah, so, it's been a fun almost-eighteen years. But now is the time to move on to bigger and better things.

But seriously folks, Merry Christmas to you all. Look forward to crunching with you all and a new discovery ahead in 2014!
can you point us to a transcript of this conversation?
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Old 2013-12-26, 06:05   #15
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"Меня только что зарезало трамваем на Патриарших. Похороны пятницу, три часа дня. Приезжай. Берлиоз"
Is this anywhere close? If so, what are "the Ponds?"

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"I've just been run over by tram at the Ponds. Funeral Friday, three in the afternoon. Come. Berlioz"
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Old 2013-12-26, 07:48   #16
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You've made the first step, yes. ;-) this is how google translates it because it probably has access to some version of the original text and uses neural networks.
The Patriarch's Ponds are a small pond in Moscow.
And the quote is a fragment (telegram, really) from Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita.
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Old 2013-12-26, 07:52   #17
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Patriarch Ponds perhaps, though I'm led to believe there is on just the one pond.

And no trams run there, but that wouldn't stop a tragedy would it? We could find out more, but I find it a good policy to never talk to strangers.

http://cr.middlebury.edu/Bulgakov/PUBLIC_HTML/PPondsmap2.html

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Old 2013-12-26, 08:22   #18
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P.S. There's no way google could have translated the phrase correctly if not for the association search. "Зарезало" means "I've been cut" (as if with a knife), and in the context, indeed the Berlioz character looses his head under the tram. There's no way to translate that as "run over by tram" if not by matching the text from the database.

Now, it gets interesting. How did he send this telegram you might ask? ;-) (maybe like kracker?) Oooh, it's a long story. Most people say that M.Glenny tranlation is good, or maybe that of Karpelson (which is unavailable in press). I just flipped through the opening pages of the Burgin translation; looks ok. Pevear translation doesn't look bad either... Hmm, this will be a long evening, because I like to be thorough. I'll have to read them all now. ;-)
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Old 2013-12-26, 18:06   #19
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My soul will haunt you the rest of your life...

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Old 2013-12-27, 06:08   #20
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GIMPS is officially over. After a 4-hour transatlantic Skype session, fraught with spammy YouTube links and nebulous arguments framed in bold, oddly-colored fonts, George finally agreed with David that not only TFing to 74, but indeed, that looking for Mersenne primes at all, was a complete waste of time and energy that would be better spent on analyzing the patterns of gum embedded in the heels of random Londoners' shoes.


I hope you realize how near the mark that is.

One of us is encouraging LL testing and the other is just optimizing Prime95.

Happy New Year.
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